Alexandria's Living Legends are scattered across the city, but until February 2, their portraits can be viewed at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. On Thursday night, the Tyler Gallery held the opening reception. The evening was held in honor of 2009 Living Legend Eula Miller, who recently passed away after a long illness.
Now beginning its fourth year, ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ is an ongoing, not-for-profit photo documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle those individuals whose vision and dedication have made a tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. This year's Living Legends are Mollie Abraham, Lynnwood Campbell, William Clayton, H. Stewart Dunn, Timothy S. Elliott, John Liss, Peter Lunt, Don Mela, Fran and Gant Redmon, Carlyle C. (Connie) Ring, Jack Taylor and Joseph Viar.
Artist-photographer Nina Tisara created Living Legends in response to requests for photographs of Alexandrians who were no longer living. When the pictures were not available in the Tisara archives, she devised a system for having them available in the future. Tisara, who studied photography at NOVA, now serves as project director for ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’.
Major financial sponsors of ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ in 2010 were the Rotary Club of Alexandria, Dominion Virginia Power, and McEnearney Associates. Media sponsors were Local Kicks, AlexandriaNews.org and the Alexandria Gazette Packet.